Taiwan Music Institute
Contemporary Creation

Music in Taiwan

Taiwan's unique geographical location and historical background has allowed people to listen and create a great variety of music. Taiwanese musicologists have developed this website in consideration of this cultural diversity. It is therefore divided into three main themes: aboriginal music, Han music and contemporary creation. We wish to provide the result of our researches and archives to whom is interested in Taiwan's music. This information is backed up by integration of multi-media databases, digitalization and internet or web technology.

Contemporary Creation

This part of Taiwan's contemporary music introduces musical creations emanating from music's educational system, especially works under influence of western music education and these works' styles are different from contemporary popular music. Retrieved back from our music history, the beginning of western music entered in Taiwan during the colonization by Holland and Spain (1624-1662). The resource was church music. Then in Ming and Chin dynasties (1662-1895), missioners came to preach and establish schools. Their involvement allowed the foundation of western music. Later on, during the Japanese colonization (1895-1945), the music education taught in the school was mainly of western music, henceforth making its roots in Taiwan.


The church music was constrained under the Japanese colonization, but with constant religious activities, the church music remained active along with the western music education promoted by Japanese. Under the western music education's influence, new development and creation styles appear constantly and evolved into 21st century. After the Second World War, the government at that time brought many musicians from China during the power transition. Some of these musicians entered into academicals institutions, some performed in bands and they all made exchange with local Taiwanese musicians, and thus a new page appeared in Taiwanese western music.